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Double cop-killer to be released from mental facility today

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A man who spent 39 years in mental wards for killing two Waukesha County police officers is expected to be freed today -- 21 years after he could have gone free, had he been sent to prison. A judge tentatively approved Alan Randall's release a month ago, but it was delayed so the state could find housing for him.

Randall is now 55. A jury found him innocent by insanity in the 1975 killings of Summit police officers Rocky Atkins and Wayne Olson -- but doctors later concluded that Randall did not have a mental illness. Because of the parole rules at the time, Randall could have been freed as early as 1992, had his jury sent him to prison instead of a mental institution. He tried going free in 1989, but the State Supreme Court eventually ruled that he could be held in a mental institution -- even without a mental illness -- if there's a threat that he could kill again.

In Randall's trial prosecutors never challenged the defense's claim that Randall was a paranoid schizophrenic when he killed the two officers.

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